For several months now, uLawPractice has landed at the top of Sourceforge's list of conflict checking legal software in Canada!
This is a tremendous honour, because we know what it took to get at the top of this list, and that's support from lots of clients across the country who trust uLaw to handle their bookkeeping and accounting.
Of course, uLawPractice does a great deal more than conflict checking. It is one of many different important procedures a law firm must handle professionally if it is to remain in good standing with regulators, the law, and ethics and integrity.
Customer satisfaction: compliance at top
Every once in a while, the uLaw team conducts customer satisfaction surveys where clients write in to our team to let us know where we stand on the usage of our software at their firms.
Time and time again we discover that uLaw is their choice due to the company's strong attention to detail in areas of compliance. Time and time again, Law Society auditors will be impressed with the meticulous records produced by uLaw-equipped firms that get audited.
A note on ethics & the importance of conflict checking at a law firm
Due to the unique services a lawyer provides to clients, ethics play an important role in the legal industry, so it's no surprise that rules and bounds exist to combat conflicts of interest between lawyer-client relations.
Every law firm must conduct a conflict check in order to handle taking on a new client. Rules about conflict of interest usually revolve around the inability of a lawyer to represent a client whose interests deviate from their own.
On the face of it, a conflict of interest might seem quite basic. But there are actually a lot of uniform parameters that should be met during the client intake process to prevent false negatives.
A 'false negative' conflict checking procedure means that a client went undetected while undergoing a firm's conflict checking policy.Sometimes, a lawyer can meet with a client several times before eventually discovering, by accident almost, that there's a conflict of interest, and that they can no longer represent that client due to a conflicting circumstance that went undetected.
Conflicts of interest are no good for anyone. First off, it's bad for the client and it's also putting a lawyer in risky territory, even if it's accidental. That's why it's important to have a rigorous conflict of interest policy at a law firm. What better way to aid and assist this process with an automated, algorithmic detection system which assists you with identifying conflicts?
Conflict checking with uLaw
The above is what a standard uLawPractice conflict check will perform.
uLawPractice builds compliance by fulfilling the two-step system screeing policy required by law societies. Not only does the software conduct a name-check, but it’s also searching context and sound similarity as well.
Take a look at the conflict screening forms uLaw generates automatically. The software prompts users to answer questions, but it also provides a targeted list of potential conflicts to consider.
If you want to revolutionize the manner in which you are checking for conflicts, you should consider downloading our free trial for uLawPractice. For thirty days you can have unlimited access to our web-based software legal accounting and practice management software. It's built specifically to comply with the LSUC's regulations, and regulations set out by law societies across Canada. Just click the link below. We promise it's free, no strings attached.